Billy Joe Saunders withdraws from Martin Murray fight with injury

Billy Joe Saunders (left) and Martin Murray (right)
Saunders (left) - with promoter Frank Warren (centre) and Murray (right) - is unbeaten in 26 fights

Billy Joe Saunders has withdrawn from his WBO world middleweight title defence against fellow Englishman Martin Murray on 23 June with injury.

It is the second time the fight, at London's O2 Arena, has been postponed.

It was moved from March to June, after champion Saunders, 28, injured his hand in training.

"You have your ups in boxing, but last three months have been downs, sorry to Martin and the fans, be back soon," Saunders tweeted on Sunday.

Saunders, unbeaten in 25 fights, would have been making the fourth defence of his crown.

His last fight was against Canadian David Lemieux in December.

Promoter Frank Warren tweeted to say a full statement on the show will be made on Monday.

Murray has accused Saunders of cancelling the fight to earn a shot at WBA, WBC and IBF champion Gennady Golovkin.

"The first time it was his hand, now it is his hamstring," Murray, 35, said in a video on Instagram. "We know he is trying to get a big-money fight with Golovkin and I am too risky to fight.

"It is the second time I have taken myself away from my family, got my body in condition and then get told at the last minute it's cancelled."

He added: "I just want to apologise to everyone who's bought tickets, booked hotels and train fares, and just say thank you for your continued support and believing in me.

"My management team is working on an alternative, so hopefully I'll have a new date in the next couple of weeks."